Holiday Heroes Gift Drive
Bringing Holiday Joy To Children In Need
The mission of the Children’s Foundation of America is to provide an opportunity for every person to help children lean, learn and thrive by supporting children affected by abuse, neglect or abandonment. Join our Holiday Heroes campaign to help thousands of local displaced youth in foster care, residential therapeutic programs, shelters, under-served communities, and children identified by their school as in-need. The circumstances these children face is beyond their control. Help a child feel loved and cherished during the holidays. Contact the Children’s Foundation of America at 800.KIDS.730 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donate a new, unwrapped gift for ages 0-18. Each year we provide thousands of children with holiday gifts of their very own. Help us share the joy of the season to children in need! Collection Locations:
Children’s Foundation of America Warehouse
Donations can be shipped or dropped off Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
1326 W 9th St, Upland, CA 91786
Drop off at the Giving Tree at the center of the mall near Santa during regular mall hours.
5060 E N Montclair Plaza Ln, Montclair, CA 91763
Visit various locations in Claremont’s downtown shops to drop off gifts.
San Diego and Orange Hilti stores.
Not sure what to gift? See our list of holiday wishes from children supported. Teens in foster care are often overlooked during the holidays; please consider purchasing a gift for a foster teen. Gifts can be dropped of to the collection locations listed above or directly shipped to the Children’s Foundation of America Warehouse for distribution: 1326 W 9th St, Upland, CA 91786.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will not be able to conduct our annual gift wrapping fundraiser.
For virtual volunteer opportunities, please sign up for our monthly volunteer newsletter.
Thank you to our Gift Drive Partners!
Holiday Heroes Gift Drive a Major Success
At the end of each year, the Children’s Foundation of America focuses on making children’s holiday wishes come true through our annual Holiday Heroes campaign. The initiative features a toy drive, gift wrapping fundraiser and the involvement of several volunteers and partners.
Holiday Heroes Fulfill Wishes
The Children’s Foundation of America’s Holiday Heroes gift drive was a resounding success. The Foundation was able to fulfill the wishes of nearly 400 children in Trinity Youth Services foster care and residential treatment programs. Children submitted three wishes and the Foundation was able to grant them all. For younger children, the wishes were mainly toys and games and the older children requested gift cards for retailers, entertainment and restaurants. The Foundation is proud to support the children of Trinity, all of whom have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or other traumatic circumstance. The Foundation was also able to provide toys and other items to the Benjamin E. Jones Community Resource Center for their “Sweet Little Angels” gift giveaway program, benefiting children of families living in poverty.
The Gift Wrapping booth at the Plaza West Covina mall, which was staffed by volunteers who contributed 501 hours of time, brought in nearly $9,000. “Giving Tree” wishes, granted by shoppers, brought in gifts for children totaling $1,544. Our sincerest thanks to Laura Gonzales and the management of the Plaza West Covina for their support.
Fenceworks of Riverside contributed an overwhelmingly generous supply of gift cards for teens and toys, bikes, helmets and jackets for children of all ages. Holiday Heroes Toy Box Sponsors included West Coast Dermatology Billers, Toshiba, Advantage Resourcing, Mijac Alarm, JCM Engineering, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. Special thanks to Foundation Trustee, Carla Kingsbury, for encouraging Wells Fargo to increase their level of giving every year for the past five years.
Image Source USA raised the bar on both a personal and corporate level. Trustee Judith Jarvis, Vice President of Sales for Image Source, personally made a significant contribution, then challenged Image Source President, Brad Craft, to match her gift. She then gathered an additional donation from her sales team with their Branch Manager, Jordan Craft, leading the way. The total gift from the company totaled more than $7,000 and was used to fulfill individual children’s wishes and larger shared gifts such as sports equipment and new library books for youth living in residential placement settings.
Girl Scout Troop #1455 donated toiletries for teen girls and the Saddleback Kiwanis Club donated Therapy Dolls. The Today Show Charitable Foundation donated stuffed animals. These are just a few of the examples of generosity from some of the Foundation’s treasured partners.
“Giving Trees” were sponsored by the Claremont Chamber of Commerce and Tapestry Church Claremont. Heirloom Claremont hosted a “Make ‘N Take” ornament fundraiser and The Colony at Loft 204 gallery collected donations by selling Christmas cards designed by foster children. Several guests to the Claremont events Giving Tuesday and Holiday Promenade collected wishes from the Foundation’s “Giving Tree” and dropped off toys to the office throughout November and December.
The Board of Trustees and staff of the Children’s Foundation of America want to thank all of the donors and volunteers for making this year such a tremendous success. You have truly put the “Merry” in “Merry Christmas” for children who need it most. You are all truly Holiday Heroes!
Rebecca Ustrell, Community Outreach Coordinator
Becky acts as liaison for Children’s Foundation of America. On any given day she could be meeting with potential donors, coordinating a fundraising event, recruiting volunteers and forming partnerships with other nonprofits that can benefit from the help of our Foundation. Becky is currently studying sociology as well as fine art and helps organize the Claremont Art Walk. You will most likely find Becky working on freelance illustrations, playing the cello, mingling at a chamber of commerce event or volunteering in the community.
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